Welcome to the September issue of Guitar Magazine. This month’s coverstar is one of a quartet of Gibson’s new Nashville-made ES models that we have on test – and the timing couldn’t be more apt. As I type this, I’m en route to Music City to attend the 2021 Summer NAMM show. In addition to being my first long-haul flight since the start of the pandemic, rather more significantly, it’s also the first major in-person musical instrument industry event to take place in North America since Winter NAMM in January 2020. By the time you read this, Guitar.com will be awash with all the hottest new gear from the show, so head to the website and follow our socials to ensure you don’t miss a beat.
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Elsewhere in this issue, you’ll find a useful field guide to vintage Gibson thinlines – all those model numbers can get confusing, right? – as well as reviews of must-try products from the likes of Music Man, Seth Baccus, Eastman, Gamechanger Audio and more.
On a sad note, over the page we also pay tribute to Michael Leonard, former Guitar Magazine editor and still a regular contributor to this title, who passed away in July. Somewhat poignantly, Mike also penned the feature on George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass. As ever, Mike did a excellent job of examining the influence and impact of an album that’s almost certainly the finest solo work by any Beatle, and includes some wonderful cameos from other legendary artists.
The 50th anniversary of George’s masterpiece is celebrated this year with the release of various remixed and expanded editions. If Santa Claus happens to be reading this, I’d like the Uber Deluxe Edition, please – complete with gnomes. Enjoy this month’s mag and I’ll see you next time.
Inside the issue
From the outside, it may seem as if Guthrie Govan has had a quiet 18 months. But just because he has no interest in joining the guitar influencer rat race doesn’t mean the outrageously talented virtuoso hasn’t been keeping himself busy. We catch up with to him to chat self-critique, the new Aristocrats live album Freeze!, and how the Boss Baby 2 soundtrack gave him the chance to stretch himself into new creative areas.
From Grant Green to Dave Grohl, legendary players in just about every genre have made judicious use of Gibson’s thinline hollowbodies and semis. But when manufacturers rely on model numbers rather than names for identification, things can get confusing. Read on for our field guide to the most iconic thinline guitars from Gibson’s golden era.